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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Pinwheel Toss {tutorial}

I'm not here today, I'm posting over at Sew We Quilt as part of the November Block Party with my Pinwheel Toss quilt block.  And have a very Happy Thanksgiving too!

Edit to Add: You can now find the tutorial here too!

This is a fun and easy block that measures 13" {finished} and has lots of options to mix and match prints and solids.  I made mine out of leftover charm squares, but the size could easily be adjusted by using different size squares.  You'll need:

I made my pinwheels first.  Pair one printed square with one white square, right sides together, and sew 1/4" from the edge all the way around the square {1}, cut the square diagonally into four half-square-triangles {2}, press the half-square-triangles open and trim to 3" square {3}, sew all four together to make a pinwheel and trim to 5" square {4}.  Repeat for a second pinwheel.

Arrange the two 5" pinwheels and the seven remaining printed squares into a nine patch with the pinwheels in opposite corners.

Sew the nine squares together {I sewed three rows of three, then sewed the rows together}.

Then, cut your large nine patch down the center both vertically and horizontally, into four equal squares.

Leave the pinwheel squares in place, but swap and rotate the remaining squares so that the small center square is pointing to the outside corner,

Then simply sew the four squares back together and your block is complete!

And, just in case you wanted to see a plain version, here is the outline for the block:

And a diagram of a 3 x 3 quilt:

Happy sewing and quilting!


  1. Jennie, I saw your guest post earlier. It's wonderful. Love this block, the colors, and how it comes together with a few slides of the rotary cutter. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Thank you for your block tut at SEW WE QUILT. I love pinwheels, too. So glad you didn't 'cut' the pinwheels up!! :)

  3. What a wonderful tute! this ideas has so MANY possiblities...my mind is reeling. Thanks for taking your time to share your ideas. =)

    annie m.

  4. I love your block and your fabric! I am sure I have more than a few charm squares laying around and that looks like a fun project. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Love this block! Going over to check it out now. :)

  6. Thanks for a Fantastic BLock! I couldn't even wait till after turkey day to make this one! haha. If you'd like to see it, I have it posted at my blog www.quiltmonstercloset.com I am trying to make all the NOV Block Party blocks into a fun sampler. :) Thanks again for a great block and wonderful instructions!

  7. I saw your post at Sew We Quilt and I have already printed my pdf. Your block is so pretty. Thanks for the nice and easy instructions.

  8. I love this block! But I love the fabrics too!

  9. love the block. WHAT fabric line is this???? its beautiful!!!

  10. I put together a quilt top for a gift using this block - I loved it!!! Thanks for such a great, simple and TIMELY tutorial!!! I don't know if the link will show int eh comments, but I have pictures of it posted here on my blog: http://thequeenbeesbuzz.blogspot.com/2011/12/this-is-not-ufo-you-are-looking-for.html

  11. Hello Jennie & Clara, I found your lovely Pinwheel Toss block on "Sew we Quilt". It is just darling and I would like to know if I could share your block with my Hive members for my BOM turn? I would love to make a quilt with your pattern and have my have members help me! Thank you...Bouncypoodle (Pattiann)


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